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Bar person Average UK Salary & Prospects

Bar staff serve drinks in venues like pubs, clubs, wine bars, hotels and leisure centres.

  • Clean glasses, utensils, and bar equipment.  
  • Collect money for drinks served.  
  • Balance cash receipts.  
  • Check identification of customers to verify age requirements for purchase of alcohol.  
  • Clean bars, work areas, and tables.  
  • Attempt to limit problems and liability related to customers' excessive drinking by taking steps such as persuading customers to
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Bar persons typically work around 39 to 41 hours per week.

As a Bar person you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    18,798 GBP *
    per year
    12,000 GBP
    35,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Bar person

    Women make 6% more than Men
    60% of Bar person are Women
    • 18,242 GBP
    • 19,351 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Bar person
    Average salary for full-time Bar person

    • 7,504 GBP
    • 7,269 GBP
    • 8,012 GBP
    • 18,798 GBP
    • 19,351 GBP
    • 18,242 GBP
    Pay over time for Bar person

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 13,210 GBP
    • 13,311 GBP
    • 13,715 GBP
    • 14,347 GBP
    • 14,954 GBP
    • 16,055 GBP
    • 18,798 GBP
    • 16,563 GBP

    Future outlook for Bar persons

    Balanced outlook
    162 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    3% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Fair outlook
    71% chance of automation in the future

    Bar person - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Bar person and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 43% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 37% of people in this role have do not have GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
    • 16% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

    You can take a college course to learn some of the skills and knowledge needed in this job, which will help you find work in the industry. Courses include:

    • Level 1 Award in Introduction to Employment in the Hospitality Industry
    • Level 1 Award in Professional Food and Beverage Service Skills
    • Level 2 Certificate in General Food and Beverage Service

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Bar person

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    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Bar person.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people
    Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
    Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

    Things to highlight for your Bar person interview

    Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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